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November 03, 2011

Emerson Network Power Launches AXP640 Six-Slot 40G AdvancedTCA Shelf

Emerson Network Power (News - Alert), a business of Emerson, has unveiled a new six-slot 40G Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA or AdvancedTCA (News - Alert)) shelf, AXP640, which is designed for use in both carrier-grade telecom equipment and high-availability network gear outside the telecom environment.

Emerson Network Power’s latest offering, AXP640, is a six-slot 40G AdvancedTCA shelf that has a combination of front-to-rear airflow cooling and variants suitable for AC or DC input power.

Being the only six-slot 40G AdvancedTCA shelf to feature a combination of front-to-rear airflow cooling, the new AXP640 AdvancedTCA shelf has a thermal cooling performance that exceeds the telecom industry's highest standard, CP-TA B.4, which defines not only the airflow, but the cooling performance during maintenance procedures and redundant fan failures. It is designed for NEBS/ETSI (News - Alert) compliance (DC variants only).

Featuring AC & DC power input options, the new AXP640 AdvancedTCA has a 7U, 19” form factor along with: integrated Telco Alarm functionality; all redundant field replaceable units (FRUs); front and rear cable management; and more.

In addition, the input power of AXP640 is 350W-per-slot, thereby providing ample margin for high power ATCA blades in environments such as the network data center.

All the above features makes it an ideal choice or the best six-slot ATCA environment available to support network equipment manufacturers' migration to next-generation higher-throughput data and packet processors, such as those used on Emerson Network Power's ATCA-9405 packet processing blade or ATCA-8310 DSP/media processing blade, said officials with Emerson Network Power in a statement.

Officials with Emerson Network Power said in a press release that the new AXP640 shelf would be available as a chassis only, as a 10G ATCA platform, or as a 40G ATCA platform when integrated with the company's switch-blades.

Rob Pettigrew, director of marketing for Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing business, said in a statement, “The building practice employed by typical telecom customers requires that all equipment have front-to-rear, rather than side-to-side cooling.”

Pettigrew added, “In smaller ATCA systems, with horizontally configured boards, this is difficult. That's why most six-slot and two-slot systems on the market today have side-to-side cooling. With the AXP640, we offer not only the airflow configuration demanded by the market, but also a system with industry leading cooling capacity, input power capacity, and input power configurations for both traditional telecom DC power environments, and non-telecom AC environments such as the network data center.”

In recent news as reported by TMCnet, Emerson Network Power deployed Oracle (News - Alert) Fusion Middleware for its Trellis platform to simplify data infrastructure management and planning. In addition,

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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